Category Archive: Books & Media

Making Sense of the American Civil War

civilwarpic.Wednesday October 1, 2014
6:30 PM until 8:15 PM


Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar–led series (part lecture, part discussion) that explores the Civil War as well as the economic and political culture of mid-19th century America from a variety of perspectives.  We will discuss eyewitness accounts by soldiers and military leaders, speeches by key decision makers, interpretive commentary by historians, and literary renderings of life on the ‘home front.’

The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Denise Askin, Professor Emerita of St. Anselm College. Attendees will read the novel March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and selected readings from America’s War edited by Edward Ayers.

The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 and will continue at the same time on October 8, 15, and 29, 2014. In addition to the discussions there will be two film viewings: Friday October 3 at 2 p.m. to view the film Glory and Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. to view the film Lincoln.

October 1 – Imagining War – the first session of the Civil war series, used fiction to enter the bewildering world of America during the Civil War. In the novel March, by Geraldine Brooks, Reverend March (the father of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) leaves New England to minister to Union soldiers. His experiences threaten the very beliefs that led him into the war. Participants will compare the “real life” journal kept by Louisa May Alcott in a Civil War hospital, with Brooks’s imaginative exploration of horror and redemption in war time.

This program is free and open to the public. It is not necessary to attend all the meetings but registration is required in order to assure distribution of materials. To register call the library at 249-0645, or email refdesk@wadleighlibrary.org, or sign up on the online library calendar at www.wadleighlibrary.org. Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk. A syllabus with reading assignments will be emailed to registrants.

Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, NEH, and the American Library Association

Evening Book Group

Tuesday September 23, 2014
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM

This month our selection is Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Chery Strayed

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“A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman from catastrophe — and built her back up again.” Random House.

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk. Newcomers are always welcome.

Location: Keyes Meeting Room

Morning Book Group

 

Thursday October 9, 2014
10:00 AM until 11:00 AM


Our selection this month is The Dinner by Herman Koch.

“An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal….Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.”

Copies are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers always welcome.


Location: AV Room

 

 


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